Checks for Creosote and Soot
Creosote and soot build-up is a leading cause of chimney fires. Creosote is a byproduct of burning wood. It starts as a crusty build-up and gradually hardens into a glassy, tarry substance that is difficult to remove without special tools or chemicals. A trained technician can easily spot trouble signs and recommend further action.
Extends the Life of Your Fireplace and Chimney
If creosote builds up inside your chimney liner, it might corrode or trap moisture, leading to damage. Inspections can keep track of the health of your chimney system and preserve it for the long term.
Identifies Structural Issues
Masonry may break down, especially if you own an older home. Even a newer home could suffer from poor-quality chimney construction. A compromised chimney could lead to roof or structural problems. Chimneys that do not have a cap or liner experience more damage. Chimney sweeps search for signs of structural and moisture damage. They can also detect whether your chimney is leaning and recommend solutions.
An obstructed chimney may cause a foul smell or blow smoke into the house. Various issues can lead to an obstructed chimney, including masonry failure. An obstructed chimney is a serious problem and can lead to unhealthy living conditions or fires. A chimney sweep detects and fixes these problems before they become major safety hazards.